Building partnerships, top of agenda

2015-06-10 06:01
At the Mountain Rise police station (from left) Jay Jugwanth (Mountain Rise CPF chairman), Brigadier Francis Bantham (Mountain Rise Station Commander) and John de Jesus (Pietermaritzburg CPF Cluster chairman).PHOTO: nicole john

At the Mountain Rise police station (from left) Jay Jugwanth (Mountain Rise CPF chairman), Brigadier Francis Bantham (Mountain Rise Station Commander) and John de Jesus (Pietermaritzburg CPF Cluster chairman).PHOTO: nicole john

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INCREASED community engagements and building partnerships within the Mountain Rise Community Police Forum is at the top of the agenda for CPF chairman Jay Jugwanth, station commander Brigadier Francis Bantham and Pietermaritzburg Cluster chairman John de Jesus.

At a recent meet-and-greet for the media the three role players expressed excitement at the new leadership found at the CPF and committed to work together forming strong bonds with each other and the community. Jugwanth was appointed chairman of the Mountain Rise CPF last month and had to undergo a strict vetting process to ensure he was eligible­ to stand as the chairman.

“The vetting process is strict, but we can confirm that his clearance has been finalised,” said Bantham. As a cluster we congratulate the chairman and we hope that, together with the station commander, they will work well together to combat crime in their area. We hope to work closely with them and build strong partnerships so that we never discredit each other,” said de Jesus.

Jugwanth, a long standing member of the CPF, said that he has a passion to work with the community and help forge the gaps between them and the police contributing to the growth of the CPF.

There has already been a meeting in Woodlands where over 100 residents attended and had the opportunity of engaging in discussions about community issues. Members also visited Ward 34 from an awareness meeting and Eastwood and Sobantu Secondary schools with Premier Soccer League stars who sensitised the pupils about crime and crime awareness.

Jugwanth said there will be more focus on schools and helping people work through various social ills affecting them including drug abuse, addiction and bullying.

Bantham said there will also be a focus on dealing with the most prevalent crimes in the Mountain Rise area which is assault common and grievous bodily harm and focus on families turning on each other.

De Jesus expressed his support for the projects the station and the CPF plan to roll out.

“It’s most important to create a partnership between the police, CPF and the community,”said Jugwanth.



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